Thursday, April 9th 2020

Ethernet Technology Consortium Announces 800 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Specification

The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, originally established to develop 25, 50 and 100 Gbps Ethernet specifications, announced today it has changed its name to the Ethernet Technology Consortium in order to reflect a new focus on higher-speed Ethernet technologies.

The goal of the consortium is to enhance the Ethernet specification to operate at new speeds by utilizing specifications that are developed or in development. This allows the organization to work alongside other industry groups and standards bodies to adapt Ethernet at a pace that aligns with the rapidly evolving needs of the industry. The ETC has more than 45 members with top-level promoter members that include Arista, Broadcom, Cisco, Dell, Google, Mellanox and Microsoft.
"Ethernet is evolving very quickly and as a group, we felt that having 25G in the name was too constraining for the scope of the consortium," said Brad Booth, chair of the Ethernet Technology Consortium. "We wanted to open that up so that the industry could have an organization that could enhance Ethernet specifications for new and developing markets."

Championing 800GbE
One of the first specifications to be championed by the newly named organization is the 800GBASE-R specification for 800 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

The 800 GbE specification introduces a new media access control (MAC) and Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS). It essentially re-purposes two sets of the existing 400GbE logic from the IEEE 802.3bs standard with a few modifications in order to distribute the data across eight 106 Gb/s physical lanes. As the PCS is reused, the standard RS (544, 514) forward error correction is retained, for simple compatibility with existing physical layer specifications.

"The intent with this work was to repurpose the standard 400GbE logic as much as possible to create an 800 GbE MAC and PCS specification with minimal overhead cost to users implementing multi-rate Ethernet ports." said Rob Stone, technical working group chair of the Ethernet Technology Consortium. "The 800 GbE specification is an exciting first announcement under the consortium's new name, reflecting the true capability of the organization. We are proud of the hard work of our member companies in completing this specification."

Availability
The 800 GbE specification is now available. For more information, visit https://ethernettechnologyconsortium.org.

About the Ethernet Technology Consortium
The Ethernet Technology Consortium is an open organization of networking and data center industry leaders who are enabling the transmission of Ethernet frames between 25 Gbps and 800 Gbps. The consortium also promotes the standardization and improvement of the interfaces for applicable products. The consortium is open for membership to any organization willing to help facilitate industry adoption. To become a member, please visit https://ethernettechnologyconsortium.org.
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7 Comments on Ethernet Technology Consortium Announces 800 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Specification

#1
TechLurker
I just wish they advanced consumer network minimums to 5GbE, still leaving 10GbE for halo-flagship models.

Now would have been the perfect time; considering everyone "non-essential" is stuck and home and streaming/gaming more than ever before.
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rutra80
5G claims to be up to 20 gigabit and on cables we are practically stuck at 1 gigabit :confused:
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Prince Valiant
rutra80
5G claims to be up to 20 gigabit and on cables we are practically stuck at 1 gigabit :confused:
I don't think a consumer 5G modem capable of those speeds exists yet. It's only motherboards that are lingering at 1gbps. There are 100GbE NICs out now.
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evernessince
rutra80
5G claims to be up to 20 gigabit and on cables we are practically stuck at 1 gigabit :confused:
Wireless technologies do not achieve anywhere near their theoretical limit in real usage where as wired does.
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Fabio Bologna
Prince Valiant
I don't think a consumer 5G modem capable of those speeds exists yet. It's only motherboards that are lingering at 1gbps. There are 100GbE NICs out now.
A few motherboard already implement multi-gigabit LAN onboard, those being 2.5Gbps and 10Gbps.
10Gbps switches are becoming cheaper and cheaper even commodity ones that have a handful of 10G ports.
In my area in Italy it's a miracle we have 200Mbps fiber optic tbh XD we had to wait for a big firm to ask the county council to approve the roadworks and stuff to pull the fiber to the city XD
And still no FTTH only FTTC the last piece is still copper based so trash...
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#6
JAB Creations
I'm all for faster speeds though I can't imagine being so useless to society that I had nothing better to do in the ~20 minutes it takes to download 10GB.
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RH92
rutra80
5G claims to be up to 20 gigabit and on cables we are practically stuck at 1 gigabit :confused:
Theoretical yes , in practice 5G peaks at 1Ggps ( read best case scenario ) and runs at an average of 111MBps ( Korea ) img.generation-nt.com/01B000F501661027.jpg so yeah we are far far away from theoretical speeds . In practice 5G is as good as 1Gbps ethernet at best ......
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